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IA: New tool to monitor registrants: License Plate Reader Contract Approved in Davenport, Iowa

[ govtech.com 10/15/20]

While the devices are touted as investigative tools — helping to locate stolen cars, missing persons and the like — privacy and civil rights advocates say the technology also raises concerns around misuse and surveillance.

(TNS) — Davenport City Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved a contract that will give Davenport police an enhanced tool for tracking stolen vehicles, wanted criminals and abducted children.

The little-noticed, high-speed cameras mounted on police cars, road signs, bridges and poles photograph thousands of plates per minute. The devices convert each license plate number into machine-readable text and check them against agency-selected databases or manually entered license plate numbers, providing an alert whenever a match or “hit” appears.

“We develop a ‘hot list’ of different types of crime or investigative information, and all it does is compares both lists” to help recover stolen vehicles and for “scanning high-crime areas” to track or locate suspects involved in violent crimes, and to monitor that registered sex offenders are not violating restrictions that dictate areas where they cannot be.

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  1. totally against public registry

    UGH! More monitoring! More surveillance! Less freedom in this FREE America..
    Just gross misuse of public taxes and suppression of our freedoms

    • Tim inWI

      TATR,
      AHHH! The ” assistance of law enforcement ” mentioned in Smith vAlaska. That court described it as the ” secondary ” or ” alternative ” purpose. In reality, it was the primary justification by fed LEO’s desires to engage them in electronic domestic surveillance.
      By granting the authority of STATE to engage in the plain indenture for crime left the federal users unfettered by constitutional limitations!

    • Rational

      This is Not MONITORING !
      It is TRACKING !!!
      to Further Punish !!!

  2. Brandon

    Oh boy this is complete garbage of reasons to arrest someone. What happens to innocent drivers whom happen to associate with registrants by having their car on the registry. Talk about harassment bought and paid for by the government. What’s next have GPS mounted on cars? Hell we track cattle, registrants, inmates, information and other bs. Where is the tracking of the minions that come up with these ideas and vote on useless legislation? Government of the people, by the people, for the people my foot!! Government of the corrupt, by the incompetent votes, for pure power and profit!!

  3. Anonymous

    I personally know FL uses this technology on their roads to capture, recognize, and analyze license plates in real time.

    With GPS devices being ruled as a search by the courts, this seems also very close to being considered a search. If this technology saturates our communities, it might as well be an invisible ankle monitor.

  4. Eric

    This is a necessary step in the right direction. The oversight and abuse need to get to absurd proportions before there will be outrage and the pendulum will swing the other way. Registrants are basically the only minority group that are still openly attacked, discriminated, harassed, ridiculed, and oppressed with impunity. They are certainly the only group with discriminatory laws enacted to limit their freedoms. The media does it for ratings, the politicians do it to raise fear and garner votes. But it is getting pretty close to the tipping point.

  5. Facts should matter

    Those “readers” are an abuse of power and technology, just like SORNA is.

  6. Anklebiter

    So lemme get this straight. I’m required to register my wife’s vehicle because I occasionally operate it. So when she drives past one of these cameras they can say it was me and punish me… yeah real good job tracking me there.. your tracking my wife.. who is innocent..

  7. David⚜️

    They use ALPR’s in my city. I contacted the police and requested a printout of six months worth of ALPR records for my license plate. I was surprised when I received it only by the fact that every single “hit” on my license plate was my car parked on the street directly in front of my house or parked in my driveway. Frankly, it was a bit disappointing 😏 that it didn’t at least catch my car at the grocery store, City Hall, church, or a shopping center. 100% of them were at my house.
    BUT…… I did suggest to LEOs the last time they came out for a compliance check that, in the future, they not bother coming out in person, wasting their time and causing me a hostile interaction, but instead simply pull the ALPR records for my license plate and that would verify I live – or at least park my car – where I say I live.

    • w

      So what happens when these readers or scanners are wrong?

      Soon these “scanners” will encompass anything that can be scanned, so now’s the time to go “grey man” style living lol. And it’s not as bad as you might think, you just have to not care what this world has become. Let them have their rigid society and see who gets sick of it first and joins the REAL free world.

  8. Dustin

    Betting the “sex offender” remark was only added to get the public to agree with their use.

    • Tired of this

      Yep, the police/surveillance state is slowly and quietly being ushered in under the guise of “think of the children.”

      If I weren’t a registrant, my vehicle would be titled in a LLC; running the plates would only turn up the name and address of the LLC.

    • David⚜️

      I’ll bet you’re right, Dustin. ‘Just guiding the sheeple.

    • NorthEastPENN

      @Dustin – “Betting the “sex offender” remark was only added to get the public to agree with their use.”

      That sounds right to me. It certainly would not be to monitor convicted drug dealers driving around “school zones” or some little thing like that. Or maybe a convicted thief making several passes by a bank. Hummm!!

      • Brandon

        Next AI along with facial recognition will be in stores announcing your presence and status for all to know. “ Welcome to Walmart a registrant is in the building. Please keep your children nearby at all times. Thank you for allowing us to keep your children safe and thank you for shopping at Walmart.”

  9. TS

    It is where the car is, not necessarily the person. Just like a person who ran a red light in a car that is not theirs, the person who registered the car will be ticketed, not the driver. They have to prove who the driver is just like having to prove who parked the car that was highlighted when the registered owner was not responsible for parking it.

  10. AERO1

    This is nothing new i had a friend on the run form the cops in California back in 2012 and she was captured within 2 days using this technology its called a “skiptracer but that’s not all they got every law enforcement agency in America have purchased this device its called a “stingray” it tracks cell phone activity it can even read text messages and everything if you don’t believe me you can Google it the Department of Justice and law enforcement entities around the United States were trying to hide the fact that this device even existed it wasn’t until those big brother activist expose the usage of this technology .
    You ever noticed how compliance checks went down a lot in the last couple years its because they allready know everything and yes the cameras are tracking your license plates and if your a sexoffender your also being track through facial recognition all they gotta do is punch in your ss# and your whole life pops up.
    The only way to avoid this technology is living off the grid being a Transit but once your label a transient in California you get assigned your own personal detective to your case so if you say you sleep under an overpass you guarantee he’s going to be there at 3am to see if you really sleep there

    Good luck

  11. C

    “…monitor that registered sex offender’s CARS are not violating restrictions that dictate areas where they cannot be.”

    There. Fixed it.

  12. Worried in Wisconsin

    I’m afraid the genie is out of the bottle on this, and not just for registered people. The amount of day-to-day surveillance being done is astounding, and there are only a few ways to avoid being caught up in it.

    Is it possible to go off-grid and not be captured on surveillance? Sure, but that’s not how I want to live. Even if you get rid of your car and take public transit, you’ll still be captured on video surveillance every time you board the bus/train. Paying cash for everything, avoiding every store and street corner with a camera, not taking any form of transit, etc. makes for a pretty difficult life. This all applies to everyone, not just registered people.

    I don’t know what the answer is, but pointing out the problem is easy. My plan for right now is to recognize that every thing I do can be, or is being, watched and act accordingly.

  13. Anonymous

    I have 100% completed my sentence, probation and all. I have reintegrated very, very well into society. I have an amazing job and I pay taxes. I volunteer when I can and I contribute nicely to the local economy. Why am I being monitored?

  14. AERO1

    U.S Marshalls #1 sexofender tracking device the “STINGRAY”

    https://amp.burlingtonfreepress.com/amp/80785616

    Good luck

    • Tim in WI

      AERO1,
      IT is but one such surveillance technology. Warrantless surveillance has long been the holy grail for a kings henchmen. Often liberal discussion concerning interpretation of the 2nd as an individual right is colored by a claim that the founder’s couldn’t have anticipated the advent of automatic assault weapons. Much of the same argument can be made for the impact of the advent of the electronic database driven infrastructure on human society.

    • Will Allen

      That’s their #1 tracking device, LOL?! If true, that would just be too sad for them.

      I’ve known about this device for a very long time, I’d guess over a decade. But it’s really not a big deal. Is there any competent criminal these days who does not know that even without this device, that if he/she is going to do something that he/she does not want tracked, that he/she should never carry a known mobile phone? I really do wonder. Even without this device, legitimate mobile phone towers/antennas easily and automatically record where a mobile phone is located. Law enforcement subpoenas that all the time.

      Meh. Even IF I told the criminal regimes all of my phone #s, if I wanted to use a different mobile phone for something nefarious, I’d just simply do it. They wouldn’t have a clue. And IF they are “monitoring” me, they are idiots wasting their time. So maybe they are. But if I were up to something, I’d make sure they could never track it.

      Speaking of which, someone mentioned the other day that the criminal regimes can read text messages sent/received via people’s phone. I don’t know for certain, but I doubt that. Encryption is quite good and unbreakable. Even if communications go from A to B to C and B is a criminal regime, A and C can have a completely private, encrypted communication without B being able to decipher it. A and C are able to initially communicate and agree on an encryption, even while B is listening (!!!!!), and B will still not be able to decipher it. Cool, yeah? So unless your phone does no encryption, they couldn’t read it. And maybe phones don’t typically!? I don’t know for certain, but if it mattered to me, I’d certainly figure it out.

      Similarly, if even a criminal regime can log into your e-mail account and look at your e-mails, you could use it to send encrypted message back and forth with anyone and they couldn’t read them. Of course, I’d guess you’d just use a different e-mail address, but still.

      Why do some criminal regimes require people to tell them their phone numbers and e-mail addresses? Why is the U.S. federal criminal regime suggesting that? Surely they are not SO stupid to believe that it helps public safety (e.g. just to keep a handful of people off of Facebook, LOL!!). So why then? Personally, I think it is for harassment. I think it is to try to contain free speech. I think it is to try to keep People Forced to Register from living normal, productive lives. Remember, zealots that support the Registries are not good, moral people. They do not have moral objectives.

      So … work every day to take resources from law enforcement. Every day.

  15. A.D.A.T.

    Amazing how L.E. Scrambles to justify actions under the guise of ,” We only use it within strict regulations”. I know from a good resource ( a retired Highway patrolman ) that this is not the case.
    Police use this technology to do everything from hitting on women to finding out who owns expensive cars. They are the biggest abusers of any technology offered for “safety” purposes.
    What would be nice is to attach a discrete tracking device to patrol cars. Easily done while they are stuffing their faces at starbucks or Denny’s. Then link them to tracking software. Use their tactics to spy on them.
    I’m sure we would find police sleeping in parking lots ( or somewhere where they shouldn’t be ), being out of their patrol zones, and other stuff.

  16. bluewall

    Those tag readers in California are the only reason why I am constantly having run ins with law enforcement.. I pull into the shopping center parking structure, do my grocery shopping and come back and there is two squad cars blocking my car in its spot. “We have some questions on why you are here?, I see you already did your annual.” “Grocery shopping at the Walmart next to this parking structure.” .. from what I learned over the past decade is the police recieve all tag reading information in real time from shopping centers and public parking structures that use the tag reader.

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